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What complications can rumination disorder cause?

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Left untreated, people with this eating disorder – often babies who re-chew food by bringing it back up – can lead to such problems as:

  • Malnutrition
  • Lowered resistance to infections and diseases
  • Failure to grow and thrive
  • Weight loss
  • Stomach diseases such as ulcers
  • Dehydration
  • Bad breath and tooth decay
  • Aspiration pneumonia and other respiratory problems (from vomit that is breathed into the lungs)
  • Choking
  • Death

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MedlinePlus: "Rumination disorder."

Medscape: "Rumination."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "Rumination disorder."

Medscape: "Rumination."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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